Created By: lakingsif on March 8, 2013 Last Edited By: lakingsif on March 9, 2013

Israeli Immigrants

A National Stereotyping Trope dealing with media portrayals of Jews.

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A National Stereotyping Trope dealing specifically with the Jewish, how the media portrays them, and the Unfortunate Implications of these portrayals. Thank you. For real notes on Jews, see Judaism.

As we all know, the Jews come from Qurac, which is basically Mexico in Europe and Asia. The Europeans and Asians can't decide where this country is, and the residents can't decide what religion it is. This is one of the three reasons why the Jewish moved to English places. The other reasons are, as we all know, because Adolf Hitler doesn't like them because they are greedy, and because You Have to Have Jews.

The other people in the desert country also kicked them out because they are too clever to be safe and all they do is argue and complain.[[note]]Some Truth in Television as, in Real Life, Palestine was the Jews' Holy Land first, and they like to make this known to all the Muslims.[[/note]]

These Jews will be instantly recognisable with their Yamaka, Star of David, big noses, black clothes, and olive skin. Their surname will always end with -berg, -man, -feld, -farb, -witz, -ski, or -stein, and will commonly begin with Rosen-, Fried-, Gold-, or Silver-. If they don't begin like this then they will contain at least one 'z'. Their first name will be Hannah, Isaac, or Jacob.

They will pepper their speech with Yiddish or Hebrew. They will also all be Ashkenazi Jews (Ask a Nazi) and the biggest cheapskates ever. They may possibly come from Poland.

The Jews will be direct descendants from immigrants, meaning that it was their parents, and no-one further down the line, who came from that desert all those years ago. It will have been an arranged marriage and the Jewish Mother will be the greatest, if most embarrassing, housewife ever. She makes the greatest brisket ever. If she has a daughter, she will obsessively insist that the girl meet a Nice Jewish Boy, preferably around the time of her Bat Mitzvah, however old she is when it happens.

The father may well have been an Arab Oil Sheikh back in the Middle East, but works as a humble accountant now. The whole family is Kosher and short, unless they're a main character, at which point this is only around the high holidays. Occasionally, they are all technophobes.

Don't be surprised if this Jew suddenly sprouts horns and looks like the Devil incarnate - you're just one of Those Wacky Nazis, or seeing something which fits with their propaganda! It wasn't only the Nazis who used the horned image of the Jews - it was nearly everyone; a statue of Moses by Michelangelo features them.[[note]]True, thanks to a mistranslation of The Bible from its original Hebrew into Latin by Saint Jerome, a passage in the Vulgate version of Exodus says that when Moses came down from the mount he was horned. The Hebrew keren means 'horned' whilst the passage actually read 'karan', which means 'glorious'. The vowels aren't distinctly written and so it could have been misread, yet Jerome uses 'horned' to mean 'glorified' or 'emitting radiance' elsewhere.[[/note]]

Lastly, they may very well be non-observing Jews, but not Ambiguously Jewish. Just don't expect them to actually stick to their beliefs. Your run-of-the-mill Jew doesn't have to fit all these stereotypes, but even just a handful is enough - enough so as one may assume that Jews are like that, when in Real Life they're not.

Examples:

Film
  • In Borat the Jews are very negatively shown as cheapskates and as horrible people, though Kazakhstan hasn't seemed to mind the fact people think its people are highly racist. The Jews in America, however, were quite displeased when they found out.

Television
  • On The Simpsons, Krusty the Clown - or Herschel Shmoikel Pinchas Yerucham Krustofsky - is the son of Rabbi Hyman Krustofsky (pictured above). The third season episode was meant to parody The Jazz Singer. It shows the Rabbi as a stuffy old Jew trying to prevent good entertainment.
  • Family Guy:
    • After a series of unfortunate events, Peter overhears Quagmire and Cleveland talk about how men with Jewish-sounding names have helped them achieve financial success he sings and ultimately ends up deciding that to become smarter, Chris should become a Jew. They drive to Las Vegas to have a secret Bar Mitzvah.
    • Fantastic Racism ensues when Lois (née Pewterschmidt) is discovered to be technically ethnically Jewish, which she and her father resent, but Peter embraces, wearing Rabbi robes, a Yamaka, and the Star of David on a chain - until he returns to Catholicism.
  • In The Big Bang Theory, Howard is explicitly described by another character as "the most stereotypical little Jewish man".
Community Feedback Replies: 16
  • March 8, 2013
    StarSword
    Some cleanup: Adjusted a couple links and a namespace, and replaced deprecated hottip markup with [[note]].
  • March 8, 2013
    lakingsif
    Thankyou
  • March 8, 2013
    Larkmarn
    Could you cite some examples? Honestly, this doesn't quite seem tropable and more than anything seems to be A Nice Jewish Index in description form.

    That said, I could be convinced with enough examples. I just haven't really seen many examples of Jewish immigrants from Israel in media.

  • March 8, 2013
    lakingsif
    ^ It's basically all the Jewish stereotype tropes combined. This isn't about actual Jews, but media portrayals of them. I added in all the notes for clarity. Yes, I will add examples.
  • March 8, 2013
    Larkmarn
    I feel like that's covered pretty well by All Jews Are Ashkenazi, then.
  • March 8, 2013
    lakingsif
    No, I found that none of the Jewish stereotype tropes overlap. All Jews Are Ashkenazi covers only that, and that doesn't really cover appearance and doesn't even mention the perception of heightened intelligence or greed - to name just a few of the other stereotypes out there.

    This is a trope surrounding the media's perception and the Unfortunate Implications of such of Jews, not just certain features of some Jews in the media. It doesn't replace any of the other stereotype tropes, either, as it only overlaps basically all of them.
  • March 8, 2013
    Hodor
    I'm kind of confused with what this is getting at. I can't think of any examples of "eastern European immigrant types" being from Israel/other Asian or Middle Eastern locales or their fathers being arab oil shieks. The closest I can think of is Zohan from You Dont Mess With The Zohan, but that's because of Creator Provincialism, not anti-semitism, and the character is explicitly Israeli (very loosely inspired by a real former Israeli soldier who moved to California and opened a hair salon).

    Trying to think how to put this, but not only are most Jews in media rightly or wrongly highly secular (so not really sure where you are coming from), but the rare ones who are religious are presented sympathetically- I really think you are misreading the character of Rabbi Hyman Krustofsky, who doesn't fit many of the stereotypes you mention (except for the being frum and Yiddish speech parts).

    Family Guy and anything by Seth Mac Farlane does draw humor from negative stereotypes of Jews, although Seth Mac Farlane Is An Antisemite is not a trope, although it has the benefit of being true (partly joking).
  • March 8, 2013
    lakingsif
    ^ The characters don't actually have to be from Israel, just, Added Alliterative Appeal. Erm, it's more about the Unfortunate Implications I'm trying to get at. I probably was misreading Rabbi Krustofsky wrong, though, I've only seen the episode once.

    Yeh, the Unfortunate Implications of really, really stereotypical Jewish characters, so I just described all the stereotypes here. Since they don't usually include actually being all that religious, I'll get rid of what infers that and focus more on what's wrong with the stereotypes. The characters don't have to fit all the stereotypes, but a good amount.

    I hope the edits clear it up. It's pretty hard to get across, apparently.
  • March 8, 2013
    Hodor
    Could you explain what are the Unfortunate Implications you have in mind?

    I imagine that many examples (aside from anything by Seth Mac Farlane) are the creations of Jewish writers, and draw from personal experience/Self Deprecation.

    There might also be sort of a generational thing (i.e. a current writer is themselves older or are drawing from their parents/grandparents in the characters they depict, which might be anachronistic. A lot of the stereotypes you mention come up a lot in Jewish humor from past decades.
  • March 8, 2013
    lakingsif
    Unfortunate Implications of Jews seen in any manner of ways unlike they truly are, most commonly the boring cheapskate.
  • March 8, 2013
    Larkmarn
    So... basically a compilation of negative stereotypes of Jews?

    Do we have something like this for other races? There are plenty of individual tropes along those lines but I don't know if there is precedent for that. Anyone know?
  • March 8, 2013
    arromdee
    This trope has nothing to do with Israel.
  • March 8, 2013
    StarSword
    @Larkmarn: More like stereotypes in general; I would argue Badass Israeli to be a positive stereotype in many cases.

    I suggest this is the supertrope to the list of Jewish stereotypes.
  • March 8, 2013
    Larkmarn
    So then this would essentially be the Jewish index in description form.

    Is that something we do?

    And either way, it needs a new name. The current one is definitely not indicative.
  • March 8, 2013
    Hodor
    A Nice Jewish Index?- Oh, that actually exists, will check it out.

    So yeah, thinking this "trope" is unneeded.
  • March 9, 2013
    lakingsif
    Yes, nothing to do with Israel. Needs A Better Name. And Badass Israeli isn't mentioned because of that. It's the Unfortunate Implications of everything at A Nice Jewish Index personified, i.e. a character that fits several of the stereotypes (decidedly all negative, actually) is portrayed as a Jew in the media and people start to believe Jews are like that.
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